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Race Preview: DTRA Nationals Round 6, Redcar Bears Speedway, Middlesbrough

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Entries are now open for Round 6, the penultimate round in the DTRA Nationals championship, which sees us returning to the fantastic track at Redcar Bears Speedway in Middlesbrough on 17th and 18th August. We raced at this northern track for the first time last season and by all accounts it was one of the most memorable weekends of the year; not only did the excellent track make for some really exciting racing, we were all made to feel very welcome by the team and we can’t wait to head back. 



As things stand in the Pro class, Spanish rider Gerard Bailo is on course for the top spot, with Gary Birtwistle and Ferran Sastre currently in second and third place respectively. Simon Parkin is leading the Inters class; Dan Ridge is up front in Thunderbikes; and Franck Casoli is heading up the Rookies. Take a look at all of the most up to date results for our Nationals and Hooligans championship here on Speedhive


We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Tynemouth on the Friday evening for the ‘Death Rides a Horse’ Deus film screening; unfortunately due to venue restrictions this event is strictly ticket-only and quickly sold out, but if you’re coming along, don’t forget to bring your road bikes for a ride-out from Newcastle before the event. 



Signing up to race in the Nationals Round 6


First, and most importantly, you MUST sign up - and pay - in advance for each class you wish to race in over the weekend of Round 6.


Sign up for the Nationals Round 6 here.


Race entries close at midday on Friday 9th August. If you need to be reminded of how entry fees work, take a look at our 2019 Entry Pack and Class Regulations



About the course at Redcar Bears Speedway


Situated within the impressive South Tees Motorsport Park, this speedway track is made up of a red shale clay mix and offers nice wide banked corners and plenty of racing lines, which makes for fast, fun close racing which is just as great to watch. The team at Redcar Bears Speedway are brilliant at keeping the track well-prepped for consistent racing throughout the day. 


Here’s where to find the track:



Running order and racing times


Here’s how the weekend of Round 6 is currently set to run.


SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST - PRO, ADULT INTER, THUNDERBIKES


14:00 - Scrutineering and sign on

15.30 - Riders’ briefing

16:00 - Practice and qualifying races

18:00 - 20:00 - Main event for Pro, Adult Inter and Thunderbikes

20:00 - Podiums and presentations


SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST - ALL OTHER CLASSES


08:30 - Scrutineering and sign on

10:00 - Riders’ briefing

10:30 - Practice for all classes

12:00 - 16:30 - Racing for all classes

16:30 - Podiums and presentations



Track facilities for riders and spectators


The track at Redcar Bears Speedway is exceptionally well-equipped for all visitors. Don’t forget it’s free to spectate all weekend! 


Here’s what you’ll find at the track:


  • Large pits including lots of covered areas 

  • Well-maintained, separate male and female toilets

  • Changing facilities and showers

  • A huge covered grandstand for spectators and plenty more uncovered seating

  • An on-site bar and cafe 

  • Loads of trackside space for parking and camping


Nearby amenities to Redcar Bears Speedway


The track is situated just off the A66, and isn’t far from the centre of Middlesbrough. Here are some nearby amenities that you might find useful. 


Hotels:


Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough, Centre Square - 2.5 miles away

Former Cook and Endeavour House, Albert Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2PA


Highfield Hotel - less than 10 minutes’ drive away

Marton Rd, Middlesbrough TS4 2PA


Metro Inns Teesside - 5 miles away

5 Teesway, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2RT


Shops and supermarkets:


Lidl - 1 mile away

Cargo Fleet Ln, Middlesbrough TS3 8AL


Asda Superstore - under 5 minutes’ drive away

2 North St, Middlesbrough TS6 6AB


Restaurants:


McDonald’s - 1 mile away

Cambridge Rd, Fleetpoint, Middlesbrough TS3 8AG


Barbarossa Sourdough Pizza - pizza kitchen less than 10 minutes’ drive away

13-15 Bedford St, Middlesbrough TS1 2LL


The Massala - Indian restaurant 2 miles away

118 Borough Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2ES


Fuel station:


BP - 1 mile away

BP, Cambridge Rd, Middlesbrough TS3 8AG



Weather


We can’t guarantee the weather, but it’s good to have an idea of what the weekend might look like. As we’ve mentioned, the team at Redcar Bears Speedway are outstanding with their track prep so we should be ready for most eventualities.


Keep an eye on the Middlesbrough weather forecast below so you know what gear to pack.



For those of you wondering, we only ever call off races if the weather forecast is exceptionally poor. We appreciate that many of our riders have long distances to travel, so if a race needs to be called off, we always aim to make the announcement in plenty of time beforehand. In the instance of a cancelled round, we will attempt to schedule a rain date after the end of the season. 



We hope that this should be everything you need to know to prepare for Round 6 of the Nationals championship in Middlesbrough. If you have any further questions, PLEASE check the information on the Nationals page of our website first to see whether your query is answered there - otherwise, please just drop us an email at info@dirttrackriders.co.uk, or message us on Facebook and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. 


Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram too, and of course keep checking this blog for photos, videos and updates from our Nationals, Hooligan and Euros championships.


To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the penultimate round of our Nationals championship. 

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